Help With a Wild Pit Bull

I'm wondering if I could get any tips on this: I have come to live with my grandparents in the country, and heard that there was a pit bull someone had dumped, running wild in the area. Recently while I was out for a run, the pit bull came out of an abandoned shed and started growling and barking at me (but wagging his tail at the same time?). My dog who was with me was scared and I didn't feel too comfortable, so I cut across a farmers pasture to get away, walking slowly. I think he was protecting his girlfriend dog.

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Anyways, someone is going to shoot him soon if he sticks around. Does anyone know how I should go about approaching this dog? I'd like to adopt him or whatever, but I have to be able to approach him, obviously. I'd really appreciate any tips or advice! I think he would make an ok dog because people told me he would hang around their houses and try to get them to feed him. He can't be that bad! He's a gorgeous dog, too. ;)

Sophia

November 12, 20080 found this helpful

If there is a local animal control officer in the police department contact them.

If not, then call a veterinarian's office to ask for their assistance.

Pit bulls can be very dangerous to people and other dogs, so it's not a good idea to try to approach him or adopt him on your own. You may mean well, but he doesn't necessarily know that.

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November 12, 20080 found this helpful

I have a pit bull and he was a stray. I had the local animal shelter call the police and they came down and knocked the dog out with a shot once the caught her after that she was taken to a the the animal hospital and got fixed as soon as I got her in the house she jumped on me and started licking my face like she had been my dog for years i was great so once you get the dog under control go and see if you can keep the dog as a pet they are really great pets to have and with a good owner. I will live a long healthy life. cat lover 1

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November 12, 20080 found this helpful

Pit Bulls are tricky, because if they are neglected from a young age they are likely to turn to their natural reaction: To bite. And they are very prone to be dog aggressive (and sometimes people). It is great that you are trying to help though, most people fear pit bulls simply because of their appearance.

Personally I love pit bulls, and it makes me very sad that irresponsible dog owners drop their dogs off on the side of the road and just drive off. I mean who could do that to a dog. Good luck, I am supposing you will need it.

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November 12, 20080 found this helpful

May I just say I have owned a few pit bulls they are the most loving animals in the world! But you don't know this one's past history and what he is experiencing at all! and what he has experienced! I would not approach him alone for one. Either bring a few friends in case something happens OR bring out a veterinarian to just give him a sleep medication. So you can at least take him to the vets with you and have him checked over.

Pit bulls are very powerful and I understand your want to have him as your own but do it cautiously. If you call animal control there is a possibility you will not be able to adopt him later or that they will put him down. So I would not do that option try to get a country vet doctor to help you get to him with experience in this. No exceptions. I love them and they are very loyal once he is knowing you are not going to harm him he will be your loving friend! :)

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November 12, 20080 found this helpful

Whatever you do... DO NOT go near it, it may be rabid or dangerous. Maybe you could put some food out and try to make friends with it after a while when it gets more used to you but right now, I would not go near it. It could also attack your dog. You could call animal control and then if it checks out, you may could keep it. Good luck

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November 13, 20080 found this helpful

Thank you all so much! I really appreciate all the suggestions. I'm so surprised I got all these responses within a couple days! I can't call animal control (because they asked us "why" we didn't shoot it, lol) but I'm going to talk to a vet about the dog and I won't approach him. I just saw him yesterday (I was in a car). We stopped, he was standing in some tall grass looking at me but he didn't do anything. He looked almost shy. I hope all goes well. Again, thanks a lot! :)

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November 13, 20080 found this helpful

I would also call your local animal control office. Since you are in a rural area, the best place to start would probably be the local sheriff's office. Do not attempt to capture this animal yourself. Both you and the dog could be seriously injured.

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